More big news to break in this week's installment of Food Blotter. Earlier this week we confirmed the owners of the South Hill beer hotspot Manito Tap House have signed a lease for the first floor of the historic Broadview Dairy building, at 905 N. Washington, with plans to open a higher-end gastropub called The Blackbird.
Owner Patrick McPherson tells us he'd been looking into a recently vacated retail building in North Spokane's Audubon Park neighborhood, but passed on the space because of the cost to renovate it.
The concept for the new restaurant is more upscale fare than the Manito Tap House, and with fewer handles, but as many as 150-200 bottled beers available. Currently he says the goal for opening is the beginning of 2015.
Love @ First Bite Desserts reopened in its new Spokane Valley location, at 14401 E. Sprague, last Wednesday.
Locally-owned bakery White Box Pies is rebranding as White Box Cafe & Bakery, and plans to expand its menu and dining areas.
The downtown space at Lincoln and Riverside that most recently was home to Sergio's reopened last Friday as 24 Taps Sports Bar, a reincarnation of the old Heroes & Legends sports bar.
Three Inland Northwest Bars — Bon Bon, the Baby Bar and Rico's Public House in Pullman — made it onto a list of the best Washington's 10 Bars Outside of Seattle, by Thrillist.
Speaking of bars and beer, the date, film and brewery for the next installment of Suds and Cinema screening is...DIE HARD! It's showing Wed, Sept. 10 with beer from Twelve String Brewing Co.
Whisk, a tiny new bar (pictured above) at 17 W. Main Ave. by the owners of Pacific Avenue Pizza in Browne's Addition, opened last week.
Don't miss the last two kickoff events for the newly-expanded Inland Northwest Ale Trail — now up to 27 regional breweries. Pint's Alehouse is hosting a tasting event tonight, from 5-10 pm, and Capone's Pub in Coeur d'Alene hosts one next Thursday, Aug. 28, from 6-9 pm.
Because of a newly-introduced policy by City Councilmember Amber Waldref, the owners of the yet-to-open Tamarack Public House (expected to open in October) are hoping to benefit from a new utilities fund that would pay to upgrade an aging city water line to the building. That upgrade is needed in order to service the building's modern fire sprinkler system.
In case you missed it, last week's issue included a story on The Scoop's new liquid-nitrogen ice cream-making process, and subsequent new house-made flavors.
A new Grocery Outlet store in Spokane Valley, at 12115 E. Sprague, is set to open a month from today.
Lake's Cakes, a new bakery specializing in cakes served in mason jars, opened at the beginning of the month in the Gonzaga area.
A former A&W fast food restaurant on North Division that closed more than a year ago is set to reopen as a Bruchi's CheeseSteaks & Subs, a locally-owned franchise.
Pullman is celebrating the Northwest's favorite legume this weekend, Aug. 22-23, during the 26th Annual National Lentil Festival.
As of this writing,
there are still tickets ($20 in advance) available [UPDATE: The event is now sold out] for Saturday's No-Li 12: Small Batch Beer Fest, the brewery's second limited-release beer tasting event.
Up in Sandpoint, Laughing Dog Brewery is turning nine, and hosting a party to celebrate, this Saturday, Aug. 23.
Peaches are ripe for the pickin' up at Green Bluff, which celebrates the tasty stone fruit harvest through Labor Day next weekend.
Thrillist, a website and daily email service that provides dwellers of the U.S.'s biggest metro areas with locally-focused recommendations, has included some of Spokane’s favorite watering holes in its list of Washington’s 10 Best Bars Outside of Seattle.
Bon Bon, the tiny nook-ish bar attached to historic Garland Theater is known for serving classic old-timey drinks in a cozy, retro-themed setting. Beverages are best enjoyed before or after a movie showing (beer and wine are also available to drink during screenings for those of age), though the bar is open daily.
Downtown's Baby Bar, tucked in the back of Neato Burrito, also made the list but we've long known about its brag-worthy status. Bartender/owner Patty Tully was named best local bartender in the Inlander's Best Of readers' poll for 2013.
In addition to the list’s nod to Spokane, Pullman’s Rico’s Public House shares the spotlight as one of the college town's hip local spots that's often a performance venue for area jazz musicians.
Seeking to highlight quirky, under-the-radar spots and events, Thrillist offers suggestions for 21 different cities across the world. Though Spokane is not one of those cities, the “10 Best” list includes these three bars and others around the state as an alternative to hyped-up spots in Seattle.
Food Blotter has been on a temporary hiatus the past month, but we're glad to announce it's back and again offering the same tasty food tips, from restaurant openings and closings to local foodie events and other industry developments. A lot has happened since our last post — here's what we've gathered.
We've confirmed it with David's Pizza owner Mark Starr this morning — one of Spokane's favorite pizza spots is hoping to finally make its return this fall. The former Logan Neighborhood landmark with a penchant for giving back to the community has long been said to have found a new home near the Spokane Arena and the Flour Mill, in the old, brick Wonder Bread bakery at 803 N. Post, on the corner of Post and Mallon. When we noticed recent business and liquor license applications for the business at that address, we sensed something was up. Starr is hesitant to share more details on the move just yet, other than his hopes to open sometime this fall, though he emphasizes there's no set "when" that could be.
A bright yellow sign for Atilano's Mexican Food has gone up at the former home of Pueblo Amigo Family Mexican Restaurant, at 802 W. Francis, in the Town & Country Shopping center at Francis and Monroe.
In last week's Entree newsletter, we told readers about Lavadog, a Hawaiian-inspired hotdog joint that's opened in Hayden, and which offers wasabi, passion fruit and guava-flavored mustard, among other island-inspired condiments. Also mentioned was the debut of The Dam Bar & Grill, which took over the Park Place Lounge at the Red Lion Hotel in the Park.
Mod Pizza, a Seattle-based chain, is set to take space in the Regal Plaza shopping center that's anchored by a newly-opened Target. It'll be the chain's first Spokane-area location.
The Growler Guys, a Bend, Oregon-based chain that serves beer-to-go by the jug (aka a growler), recently opened in North Spokane and has also applied for a license listing a spot in a South Hill strip mall at 1314 S. Grand Blvd. Grower Guys offers nearly 50 craft beers on tap from mostly around the Northwest. Check out the current tap list for the North Side location here.
Mead, an alcoholic beverage with medeival-origins, is making strides in the region. Read our profile in this week's Inlander, highlighting two local meaderies: Hierophant Meadery and Fenwyr Cellars. Fenwyr celebrated its grand opening last weekend and is attempting a second Kickstarter campaign after its first try was unfunded earlier this year.
Ruins, the new, evening food and drink spot by same folks behind Stella's Cafe, opened about two weeks ago and since then the cozy, 36-seat space has been packed most nights. It's located in the former home of the Top Notch Cafe near the Spokane County Courthouse.
Clover is accepting reservations ($100/person) for a Lobster Boil dinner, serving fresh, live Maine lobster alongside wine/beer and other house-made sides. The limited-admission dinner happens next weekend, Sunday, Aug. 17.
The Spokane Winery Association tonight hosts Wines by the Yards in Kendall Yards, featuring more than 30 wines from member wineries, light appetizers and live music.
If wine's not your thing, that's actually great for you, because it's also National IPA Day! In conjunction with this beer lover's holiday, the Inland Northwest Ale Trail is hosting a party tonight at the Black Diamond in Spokane Valley to celebrate the brewery guide map's expansion across the Northwest.
In celebration of National Farmers Market Week, the Emerson-Garfield Farmers Market is hosting Chef Adam Hegsted for a fresh food demo at the market tomorrow, Aug. 8. He'll be making two salads using ingredients from the market.
Stir Eatery & Lounge on North Division has closed.
A new late-night food menu was introduced at Latah Bistro last weekend, offering food and drink specials from 9 pm to midnight and/or close.
There are five days left in a locally-run Kickstarter campaign to launch 5 Julio's Cuban Cuisine, a food truck that plans to serve Caribbean dishes.
The local cider trend continues to blossom, with Coeur d'Alene-based Lake City Cider announcing plans for a fall launch.
Construction is progressing at the new future home of Madeleine's Cafe & Patisserie and its owners' new venture, Durkin's Liquor Bar, just next door.
Well, everyone, I’m sorry to say this is the final Food Blotter post I’ll be writing. And I was going to let it fade out quietly, but there’s just too much happening. So here’s a special Tuesday edition with lots that we’ve fallen behind on — and even more to look forward to.
Cork House, a new upscale eclectic restaurant, is now open at the former Barlows location in Liberty Lake. (Barlows moved to a new building in January.) The executive chef is Brian Hutchins, formerly of Clover. Read more about it in last week’s Entree newsletter — and seriously, if you like this kind of food news, it’s a really good idea to just subscribe to the newsletter.
A new bar and music venue in Coeur d’Alene, the Rocker Room, opened in mid-June just in time for the beginning of Coeur d’Alene’s event-filled summer.
Agave Latin Bistro has permanently closed at its downtown location at Sprague and Lincoln, and in its place is coming Burger Lab. It’s owned by an all-star designer-builder-restauranteur team and, like Nudo and Fire Artisan Pizza farther down the block, will be a project of design firm HDG. The former Wojo Works space on that same block is also likely to become a cafe or eatery of some sort.
Love @ First Bite had its final day at the old bakery last Thursday, and will be reopening in a new space farther down Sprague.
Veraci Pizza, the last restaurant of the Kendall Yards restaurants under construction this year, now has its sign up and getting very close to opening.
Tinbender Craft Distillery, located in the back of the former Spokane Public Market building, is getting closer to opening after a big repaving project.
Soulful Soups and Spirits, the downtown soup-by-day, bar-by-night spot, has reopened after a week of renovations.
As we’ve mentioned, Java on Sherman in Coeur d’Alene moved to a new location farther down Sherman earlier this year. Starting in August, look for a quick turnaround on a big renovation at the old space, which will be reopening as a coffee shop of a different style.
Others getting closer to opening are Ruins, the new dinner restaurant from the Stella’s team; Station House Pizza in Hillyard; Black Label Brewing Company and the other businesses at Saranac Commons; Tamarack Public House downtown on Sprague; and 24 Taps, a reincarnation of the Heroes and Legends sports bar in the downtown space that was most recently Sergio’s.
One Tree Hard Cider is now distributing around town — locations where you might find it on tap so far include Jones Radiator, Manito Tap House, Waddell’s and Press.
Big Barn Brewing Company, based at the Bodacious Berries, Fruits and Brews farm on Green Bluff, is also distributing around town now.
No-Li is releasing a new brew in four-packs later this month: Rise & Grind, a dark ale roasted with Gemelli coffee.
A few anniversaries… This Saturday, July 12, Selkirk Abbey is celebrating its second anniversary with music and special beers. Madeleine’s, which is moving to a new home a few blocks east later this year, celebrated seven years at the end of June. And Nu Home Brew celebrated one year on July 1, with an anniversary party in the works for early August.
We recently featured the list of new sidewalk cafes approved this year. In other outdoor drinking news, city leaders in Spokane and Seattle are asking the state Liquor Control to let cities have more control over rules for patio drinking. The specific issue? State law requires a 42-inch fence or barrier enclosing all outdoor drinking spaces, which isn’t possible for some businesses. And Spokane officials are feeling friendlier toward letting people drink in the streets — they’re doing a pilot program allowing beer gardens for some special events and festivals held on city roadways.
FiveThirtyEight, an otherwise respectable and statistically sound news source, is devoting a strange amount of resources to a national burrito bracket. But they put Joel’s Mexican Restaurant in Sandpoint in the running, so that’s exciting.
If you haven’t seen the potato salad Kickstarter campaign that’s making national news, here it is.
This week’s Outdoors Issue inspired our latest entirely unscientific food preference poll: What’s your s’more style — marshmallow carefully toasted or intentionally engulfed in flame?
A reminder, first of all, that if you have intentions to go make s’mores around a rustic campfire somewhere in the Inland Northwest this summer, check for burn bans and fire rules first.
Now, the results: Maybe it’s impatience or maybe we just enjoy setting things on fire, but the majority of comments were in favor of marshmallows purposely set ablaze.
A number of commenters volunteered a preference for the other ingredients, too, with suggestions of Oreos instead of graham crackers and the addition of Nutella. Mr. Goodbar was suggested as a chocolate of choice, but the most frequent recommendation was to use a Reese’s peanut butter cup as the chocolate layer.
On the spectrum of toastiness, some say they go for flames more than once on a single marshmallow. The most specific and intriguing response in the “Both/Depends” category came from Vintage Hill:
Depends on the wine you are having. A nice late harvest Semillon made dry likes the golden brown version with a milk chocolate bar. Same with a Cab. Sauv. but change the chocolate to a darker bar, even for some very tannic CS’s bittersweet is the call. Burn it and you are in Cab Franc country all the way.
Way back in January when it was too cold to care much, we wrote about how letting businesses spill into the sidewalk with sandwich boards, music and patios can make cities more pedestrian-friendly and lively. (And that means safer, too.)
In Spokane, businesses that want to build a café area on the actual sidewalk — as opposed to private property that happens to be outside — must apply for a permit from the city. Among the requirements: The patio must leave at least 6 feet of unobstructed sidewalk, must not block deliveries for adjacent businesses and must be at least four feet from any street trees.
And the city has quite a few new ones this year. Now that we’ve got some summery weather, here’s the list from the city of all businesses newly permitted this year for their inaugural sidewalk café summer:
River Park Square
808 W. Main Ave.
A seating area outside the front entrance of the mall is bordered by new flower planters, and a popular place to pause with an iced coffee.
228 W. Sprague Ave.
The wood-fenced patio was just constructed in the past week, and nearly doubles the seating capacity of the music venue’s café area.
The Blind Buck
204 N. Division St.
Partially covered by the bar’s awning, the little patio out front on Division is bordered by a tiny ledge just wide enough for your cold drink.
102 N. Howard St.
The patio outside Wild Dawgs, in the shadow of the Parkade, has full-size tables and feels urban without too much traffic.
River City Brewing
121 S. Cedar St.
On the west end of downtown just up the block from Rocket Bakery’s big outdoor seating area, River City’s patio is a good spot for watching the sun set as trains go by.
916 S. Hatch St.
Located in a residential part of the Perry District — the only one on this list outside the downtown core — Wisconsinburger built a wood deck across the full front of the restaurant.
UPDATE: The council voted unanimously Monday to approve the new rules. The full ordinance is below.
After a year of open houses and workshops and an anti-climactic meeting last month, the Spokane City Council looks set to finally vote on new food truck rules tonight.
The city's planning department has led the charge to hash out new rules to replace the current outdated and vague regulations — one example: mobile food vendors are technically required to move every 10 minutes. We wrote about the plan last summer and again when the council was set to vote on new rules in May. But, even though city staff said they worked with food truck owners on a new set of rules, when the time came for the city council to vote, the food truck owners who showed up were not pleased. Among other things, they criticized new fees and the city's proposed requirement for food trucks to get permission from nearby property owners in order to park in front of downtown buildings. So, the council delayed their vote. Now, after more meetings, the latest version of the rules is a compromise.
"There were things [city leaders] weren’t willing to compromise on and there were things they were. It was really nice that they were open," says Joile Forral, who owns the food truck Couple of Chefs and is president of the Greater Spokane Food Truck Association. "We do support the new changes."
The previous rules required a fee for each place where trucks planned to park; now, they'll be charged a flat yearly fee. On the larger, messier question of how much say brick and mortar businesses should have over food truck locations, the city will now work with food truck owners to identify downtown building owners who are "food-truck friendly" so food trucks now where they're welcome, Forral says. Outside of downtown, businesses can complain if they don't want a food truck near their building. In those cases, the trucks must stay 50 feet from the entrance.
Forral says she's heard from property owners who didn't want her truck nearby and was happy to move on.
"We don’t want to vend from where we’re not wanted," she says. "We just want to serve good food and be where people want us to be."
If passed by the council and signed by the mayor, the new rules will take effect in about a month.
Here's the full ordinance outlining the new rules (another ordinance on the agenda deals with which city zones will allow food trucks). The latest changes are in red.
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